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Chapter 1: Faculty Governance,  Section III: Faculty Council

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C. Membership

1. Composition. The membership shall be divided into categories as follows:
a. Elected faculty members with vote. The Council shall include sixty-two (62) or more voting members of the General Faculty with vote elected as follows:
1. The faculty member who is elected to serve as the Secretary of the General Faculty shall be an ex officio member of the Council. The Secretary of the General Faculty shall also serve as Secretary of the Faculty Council.
2. The faculty member who is elected to serve as Chair (or as Chair Elect in the absence of the Chair) of the Graduate Assembly shall be an ex officio member of the Council.
3. Twenty (20) voting members of the General Faculty elected at large in odd-numbered years to serve two-year terms commencing on the first class day of the fall semester following their election, distributed as follows:
a. Ten (10) from the group of professors and associate professors.
b. Ten (10) from the group of assistant professors and instructors.
4. Forty (40) or more voting members of the General Faculty elected in even-numbered years by the colleges and schools to serve two-year terms commencing on the first class day of the fall semester following their election. (See Policy Memorandum 1.301 for an explanation of how seats are allocated among colleges and schools and how "free" seats may be given to smaller colleges and schools.)
b. Administrative members ex officio without vote. The Council shall include ex officio members without vote as follows: President, Executive Vice President and Provost, all Vice Presidents, all Deans of colleges and schools, Dean of Continuing Education, Director of General Libraries, Dean of Students, Director of Admissions, and Registrar. Administrative members ex officio without vote are not eligible for election as voting members.
c. Student members with vote. The Council shall include seven (7) student members with vote as follows: three (3) students to be selected annually by the student government to serve until replaced,1 two (2) students to be selected annually by and from the Senate of College Councils to serve until replaced,1 and two (2) students to be selected annually by the Graduate Student Assembly to serve until replaced.1 The candidates for and the holders of these positions (1) must be bona fide, full-time students (that is, undergraduate students registered for at least 12 semester hours and law or graduate students registered for at least 9 semester hours, except that the President of the Students' Association may serve if registered for at least 6 semester hours), (2) must have an overall U. T. Austin grade point average of at least 2.50 or a UT Austin Law School grade average of at least 68, and (3) if undergraduate students, must have completed at least 30 semester hours in residence at UT Austin. No more than two students selected by the student government shall be from the same college or school. Student members shall take office on the date of the first meeting of the Faculty Council in the fall semester following their election.
d. Staff members without vote. The Council shall include two (2) staff members without vote, one to be selected by members of the staff each year for a two-year term commencing on the first class day of the fall semester following his or her selection.
2. Election of General Faculty Members. The By-Laws of the Faculty Council (see Policy Memorandum 1.301) shall include the procedure for electing the voting members of the General Faculty.
3. A vacancy shall be declared by the Secretary of the Council if an elected voting member of the General Faculty misses three consecutive meetings. The vacancy shall be filled by the next runner-up from the previous election.2


1 In this instance, until replaced means the beginning of the fall semester or when the student graduates in which case the student elected to the position can assume the graduated student's duties.

2 When there are no runners-up the chair of the Faculty Council will consult with the appropriate parties to determine a replacement.

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